Serial Purse-Snatcher Busted By Titusville Police…Again, Charged With Robbery and Battery of Elderly Woman
By Space Coast Daily // November 25, 2017
charged with Aggravated Battery Against a Person over 65, Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Violation of Felony Probation, Destruction of Evidence, Petty Theft, and Driving While License Suspended
Christopher Lynn Braun Arrested For the Second Time In Last Six Months
BREVARD COUNTY • TITUSVILLE, FLORIDA – For the second time since April, Titusville police have busted Christopher Lynn Braun, 25, of Titusville, after another violent purse-snatching against an elderly woman.
In this latest incident, Titusville police officers responded immediately to a report of a strong-armed robbery and battery of a local elderly woman in the parking area of the Winn Dixie grocery store, located at 1564 Harrison Street. This lead officer to quickly locate and arrest the suspect.
Braun was arrested on Saturday at 9:06 a.m., and charged with Aggravated Battery Against a Person over 65, Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Violation of Felony Probation, Destruction of Evidence, Petty Theft, and Driving While License Suspended Without Knowledge. Braun is being held at the Brevard County Jail.
“The preliminary investigation revealed that the male suspect approached the victim in the parking area, forcefully took the victim’s purse and then fled the scene in a vehicle,” said Amy Matthews, Titusville Police Department Public Affairs Coordinator/Public Information Officer.
“Within minutes, police located the suspect traveling eastbound on Cheney Highway. Police conducted a traffic stop on the suspect’s vehicle, and the suspect was taken into custody without incident.”
The victim, who has not been identified, was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
ARRESTED IN APRIL FOR SIMILAR CRIME
Last April, Titusville police arrested Braun approximately 30 minutes after he stole a purse out of a vehicle and struck the victim with his vehicle while fleeing the scene.
According to Matthews, officers responded to a report of a purse snatching in the Walmart Supercenter parking lot, located at 3175 Cheney Highway. Matthews also said that Braun took the victim’s purse out of her vehicle as she was returning the empty cart to the cart corral.
“The victim confronted Braun and he subsequently struck the victim with his 2006 Hyundai Sonata as he was fleeing the scene.”
Within minutes, Titusville Police Detectives located a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed in the area of Park Avenue and Dixie Avenue that matched the description of the suspect’s vehicle.
“Detectives followed the vehicle, where it parked at a residence close by, and Braun was arrested,” said Matthews.
“Investigative leads led to the recovery of the victim’s cell phone, located in a tree at the intersection of Hickory Hill Boulevard and Cheney Highway, and the victim’s purse and contents located in the bushes on Brittany Way.”
In this April incident, Braun was charged with Burglary to an Unoccupied Conveyance, Grand Theft, and Leaving the Scene of Crash with Injuries.
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